I am looking to rejuvnate sun damaged skin. Will it require lots of laser sessions?
Number of Laser Sessions to See Skin Improvement
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The more risk, the more reward with lasers
Generally speaking, the more risk the more rewards when considering lasers. Co2 lasers can be varied in a number of ways to increase or decrease the aggressiveness of the treatments. Fractional co2 laser resurfacing has less downtime but has less results. This approach leaves healthy skin in between treated skin so that the healthy skin can help the treated skin rejuvenate. This speeds up the healing and decreases the chance of complications. The results are less significant.
For more significant results, a more aggressive approach can take more layers of the skin and can go deeper to take away more significant wrinkles. The healing period is much longer and the chance of complications are more, but the potential for greater gains is more possible. These lasers improve the skin by decreasing wrinkles, removing superficial pigmentation, decreasing pores, and tightening the skin.
The more aggressive approach will need less number of treatments. The less aggressive approach with less results will need more treatments to get more results. With the most aggressive co2 resurfacing you may not need to get treated for another 8-10 years. If you want to improve sun spot and red spots then IPL or other lasers can be used to improve them and typically it can take from 4-5 treatment to get satisfactory results.
Skin Improvement with Lasers in Sun Damaged Skin
In the old days, it would take many peels to rejuvenate the skin, and repair the sun damage. Now, with the advent of the Fraxel Dual Laser, you can have rejuvenated skin in one to three treatments. It really depends on the extent of the sun damage in your skin. If it is severely sun damaged you may need more but if you have minimal sun damage you may see a remarkable improvement after one treatment.
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There are 2 levels of laser facials: ablative and non-ablative. The ablative is much more aggressive at the start so it may require less treatments, but can have significant downtime (facial peeling/redness for over a week). It is also more costly, but for some, can show dramatic improvements.
Non-ablative treatments are less severe and require more treatments (about 5 every month for 5 months) but have almost no downtime and can show significant improvement in everything from wrinkles to pore size to redness. A photo facial can reduce solar lentiges (freckles/sunspots) and can also be done in conjunction with the standard laser facials. Our office only has board-certified physicians performing all laser treatments to increase your safety and decrease your risks.
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Number of laser sessions depends on type and strength of laser
The number of laser treatment sessions all depends on the laser used and the strength of the treatment. The stronger the treatment, the more days of healing and redness, but the greater the improvement. You need to talk with your dermatologic surgeon to plan out how much time you can take off from being social. That will dictate what laser and laser strength will be used and the anticipated improvement.
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